SAFER COMMUNITY COMPACT GRANTS ANNOUNCED Safer Community Compact grants are non-recurrent grants available to local Councils in NSW that have a crime prevention plan endorsed by the NSW Attorney General as a Safer Community Compact. The grants support the implementation of strategies identified in endorsed crime prevention plans. At present, eligible councils can apply for funding of up to $50,000 each year their Safer Community Compact is endorsed. The most recent round of Safer Community Compact Grants funded the following list of 14 projects totalling $469,396. Council: Hurstville City Council Project name: Business Watch Grant amount: $49,782.00 Project description: A pro-active community based crime prevention pilot program that aims to impact on the incidences of fraud and break, enter and steal from retail stores located in the Mortdale Shopping Centre. The project will assist business operators in the local area with the establishment of a Business Watch Network to create greater awareness of crime prevention and safety measures. The project‟s goal is to reduce the number and nature of criminal activities in the local area. Funding will be used to employ a temporary project worker for a period of 36 weeks who will establish the Business Watch Network, provide training and support for network members, develop a Business Watch Kit, conduct safety audits and coordinate the implementation of outcomes from the safety audits. At the completion of an appropriate evaluation, consideration will be given to developing similar strategies in other business centres located within the Hurstville LGA. Council: Orange City Council Project name: Mob Connection Grant amount: $50,000 Project description: The Mob Connection Program is aimed at connecting with marginalised Aboriginal young people from Orange and surrounding areas by providing a range of activities including after school programs, vacation programs, recreation activities and mentoring programs. Building on the popular Mob Sport concept, young Aboriginal people will have the opportunity to discover their identity and establish a connection with the Orange community. The project aims to reduce the incidence of malicious damage to property and vandalism in the Orange LGA. Funding will provide wages for casual youth workers who will work collaboratively with Council‟s Youth Development Officer in developing and implementing a range of activities and will cover costs for conducting education workshops, vacation and after school programs. Council: Penrith City Council Project name: Streetwork project – sharing the public domain Grant amount: $49,850 Project description: The suburb of Cranebrook is frequented by young people with some participating in underage drinking, vandalism, risk taking and criminal activities. The geographic isolation of this urban community makes it difficult for young people to access activities and entertainment held in Penrith CBD particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings. Local Police data shows an upward trend in the incidence of malicious damage in Cranebrook. These activities have been causing conflict with other users of the public domain. Cranebrook has been identified as a “hotspot” in the Penrith LGA for young people at risk, with “high risk” indicators including involvement in the Juvenile Justice system and young people not participating in or significantly disengaged from the education system. This project aims to work with these young people who are not accessing mainstream youth services using a streetwork model in which local services will engage with young people through referral and partnership activities. Funding for this project includes wages for youth project workers. Council is contributing a significant amount of costs towards entertainment, venue hire and vehicle costs that will enhance this project. Council: Greater Taree Shire Council Project name: Out there Grant amount: $50,000 Project description: The project aims to reduce malicious damage and vandalism offences by making contact with young people at “hotspots” and addressing anti-social behaviours including drug and alcohol related misuse. A response team comprising health workers, counsellors and law enforcement officers, discuss behaviours that result in malicious damage and inform young people of alternative appropriate behaviours. Funding will provide wages for a Project Coordinator and a contribution toward the wages of Response Team Youth Workers to work with young people at the identified “hot spots” on Friday and Saturday evenings and school holidays. Council: Waverley Council Project name: Wake Up – Waverley Alcohol Awareness Grant amount: $49,992 Project description: The project goal is to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crime (assault and malicious damage) at targeted hot spots within Waverley such as Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction. A project worker will be employed to implement a range of strategies that will target local young people as well as young adult backpackers. The project will implement five targeted strategies designed to address alcohol- related crime: Alcohol education booklet, which will include information regarding drink- spiking and alcohol free zones. Call it a night without a fight program – in conjunction with the local Liquor Accord. Outreach program expanding existing outreach networks particularly for young people at risk and backpackers. Parent Education Campaign aimed at alerting parents to the dangers of binge drinking and how to manage teenagers and alcohol. Feet on the Street Community Audits to involve community members in CPTED safety audits around public spaces including licensed premises and beaches. Council: Wellington Council Project name: Preventing malicious damage – youth activities Grant amount: $39,000 Project description: The project aims to reduce the incidence of malicious damage, vandalism, graffiti and theft by developing a range of activities to engage young people in Wellington and surrounding areas. Activities will be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings in partnership with the local PCYC and transport will be provided to young people from outlying areas such as Mumbil, Stuart Town and Geurie. Wellington Aboriginal Community Health Service and the local Aboriginal Men‟s and Women‟s Groups are partners in the project. Funding will employ a youth coordinator, contribute towards the transport costs and expenses incurred for facilitating activities such as catering and venue costs. Council: Wellington Council Project name: Breaking the break and enter cycle Grant amount: $11,000 Project description: The incidence of Break and Enter in the Wellington LGA is significantly higher than the state average. This project is aimed at reducing the incidence of Break and Enter by making the identification of stolen property easier and by increasing the level of communication between the local Police and the community regarding these matters. Funding provided would enable the purchase of four engraving machines to allow local residents to engrave their valuables free of charge. This will make it more difficult to sell stolen items through outlets, which should reduce the number of break and enter offences. To enhance communication between Police and the community and to create awareness of the engraving project the Council and Police will participate in a range of community activities including BBQ‟s to promote the program, and help build relationships between Police and local residents. Council: Greater Hume Shire Council Project name: Consenting Partnerships Grant amount: $57,588.75 Project description: According to BOCSAR data, the former Culcairn and Lockart LGA‟s (prior to amalgamation into Greater Hume) ranked 19 and 3 respectively in the state for Sexual Assaults. This project aims to reduce the incidence of sexual assault amongst young people. Developed in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, Local Schools, Department of Community Services – VAW Specialists and the Area Health Service, this program will be delivered in schools by community workers and teachers. The program will increase the awareness of sexual assault as a crime and enhance mechanisms for victims to report sexual assault. Funding will provide for a project coordinator and develop resource kits for 150 Year 10 High School students participating in the program. Council: Byron Shire Council Project name: Safe Events Safe Communities Grant amount: $20,000 Project description: Each year there is a significant influx of tourists to the Byron Bay area to attend organised events such as New Years Eve, Blues Festival, Splendour in the Grass and Schoolies Week. Some of these events attract up to 30,000 participants and are linked to a significant increase in Byron crime statistics, particularly for alcohol related sexual offences/assault, assault, drug detection and stealing. The aim of the project is to reduce the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse and assaults at events in the Byron Shire. The project has two major components, the first being an Events Strategy that incorporates Safety Management, a Communications Strategy and ways to Engage Business. The second component involves youth partnerships and includes the development of a “Party Safe” kit. Funding will allow for the development of these strategies with strong community involvement in designing and implementation of the strategies. It is anticipated that the project will offer sustainable and better managed solutions for safer communities and events. Council: Byron Shire Council Project name: Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign Grant amount: $15,000 Project description: 2004 BOCSAR data states that Byron Shire is ranked 16 th highest LGA in the state for sexual assault. The regular partying that occurs in a tourist town like Byron can impact on young peoples perception of openness to risk taking behaviours, which can lead them to be exploited by sexual predators. Byron has almost 2 million visitors each year converging on a township with a regular population of 5,000. The local sexual assault service is concerned with the number of possible drug or alcohol facilitated rapes coming to the services attention. A multi-strategy approach aimed at reducing drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault in Byron will be implemented. The project involves a range of activities including a community/school-based campaign focussing on the issue of „consent‟ in drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault. Out of these focus groups and consultations, a community awareness campaign will be developed involving young people, schools, licensed venues, key service providers, the community and visitors to the area. The funding will contribute towards the development of TV ads, rest room posters and street banners. Council: Tweed Shire Council Project name: Portable Beach Lockers Grant amount: $12,400 Project description: The Coolangatta – Tweed Safety Action Plan identified that portable beach lockers were an appropriate strategy to combat the increasing challenge of property crime. The lack of secure places to store possessions while swimming or playing in the water means that members of the public are having wallets, keys and other personal items stolen. The application is to fund portable beach lockers at three border beach locations being: Rainbow Bay, Point Danger and Duranbah Beach for 7 days a week, 8 hours a day for a 12-week trial period. The lease of the lockers includes the staffing costs at the locker locations. Council: Tweed Shire Council Project name: S.A.I.L.S. Sailing Adventures in Life Skills Diversionary Program Grant amount: $7,284 Program Description: This program uses sailing and sailing related activities as a conduit to enhancing self-esteem for local young people while imparting life skills. The objective is to offer skills in communication, team building, leadership and conflict resolution as well as offering a referral service to appropriate health, education, employment and counselling services for local young people at risk. Previous trials of the S.A.I.L.S. Project in New Zealand had a positive impact on youth crime statistics. Closer to home a trial currently being conducted on the Gold Coast Beaches has just received additional funding. As this is a cross border project involving Tweed Shire Council and Gold Coast City Council (a partnership the Division has actively encouraged), the expansion of the project from the Gold Coast to be trialled in Tweed is an appropriate progression. Local young people will be actively involved in a consultation process on how the program will be conducted either as a block program over a couple of weeks or spread out over an entire term. Funding is for staff to undertake both the program consultation and program delivery, transport costs for kayaks, catamarans and other associated sailing equipment and catering costs for participants. Council: Tweed Shire Council Project name: Domestic Abuse Awareness – Education for Youth Grant amount: $7,500 Project description: This project provides domestic abuse awareness sessions for young people on the Southern Gold Coast and Tweed. Sessions will be conducted through schools from Currumbin to Kingscliffe to students in Years 6, 7,11 & 12. The sessions comprise a series of presentations delivered by trained, experienced workers from government and non-government organisations in partnership with school staff and counsellors. The funding required will cover the facilitators‟ costs to deliver 20 domestic abuse sessions, design and development costs for 5,000 workbooks for participating students, and production costs of performers in drama skits. Council: Coonamble Shire Council Project name: Creating Futures in Coonamble Grant amount: $50,000 Project description: The aim of the project is to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour by young people and to create a more positive relationship between the police and local young people. The “Creating Futures” project will provide structured fully supervised education and pre-vocational activities for young people in a non-threatening environment. This project aims to increase education and employment outcomes for local young people through the development of partnerships with outreach service providers. A program of education, recreation and leisure activities will be conducted including structured entertainment opportunities during the evenings organised and supervised by local youth workers. Funding will enable the employment of additional youth worker hours and provide for materials and resources such as costs for camps, excursions to Sydney to visit Tranby College & Sydney University and fees for sporting & recreation registration, training and equipment.